Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Biden Sweeps St Patrick's Day 2020 Democratic Primaries
Biden didn't just sweep all three primary contests, it was a political beatdown. He not only decisively won Florida and Illinois to open the night, he prevailed in Arizona to open a sizable lead in the delegate count.
Florida was expected to be a 'YUGE' loss for Sanders because of his pro-Castro comments during that disastrous 60 Minutes interview combined with a Latinx electorate made up predominately of Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans who don't have warm and fuzzy memories of socialism.
It turned out to be Sanders' worst political nightmare. The Sunshine State was the big delegate prize of the evening with 219 delegates up for grabs, and Biden handled his Florida business by winning every county in the state.
Biden captured 61.9% of the vote and the lion's share of the available delegates. It was the fourth state this 2020 primary season in which he swept every county.
Biden captured 59.1% of the vote and 101 of the state's counties. The only one Biden lost was Champaign County, which is the home of the University of Illinois
And ahem, Black population percentage in Illinois is 14%.
It was closer in Arizona, where Latinx people make up 25% of the electorate and have been in Sanders camp for much of this primary season. Black population percentage in the Grand Canyon State is 4.1%.
It only had 67 delegates in play, and Biden had been trailing in the state to Sanders as late as March 3.
Biden is now well on his way to capturing the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, with after last night's contests, 1165 delegates. You need 1991 to capture the Democratic nomination on a convention first ballot. Sanders has only 880 with states demographically friendly to Biden up on the calendar assuming those primaries aren't delayed like Ohio's was yesterday.
It's past time for the Sanders campaign to assess where they are, because the unmistakable message that is being sent by Democratic primary voters is they don't think you can win in November.
But I don't expect you to do that.